We celebrated the C’oa in our center:
The C’oa is a “gift of thanks and intercession” to the “Pachmama”. Every year after the harvest, the families, the communities, the groups of friends in Bolivia celebrate their C’oa festival with a flower arrangement made from llama wool and fat, spices and herbs from the region, colorful ribbons and small picture plates with all the wishes of the celebrants.
The harvest festival in Europe is comparable to the challah. During the C’oa, people ask Pachamama for protection e.g. for your goods, your house, your field, a well, an animal and e.g. also her car which she should transport safely. A symbol for something special like a heart, coca leaves and banknotes are also included. Everything is decorated with garlands, flowers and streamers. Together with aromatic wood, everything is set on fire and sprinkled with alcohol. The smoke is said to have a sanctifying effect. The ashes are then buried in the earth to be given to the Pachamama. There is good food for everyone with vegetables, meat and potatoes. Dancing and making music are also part of it.
The water collection basin will soon be finished:
Our new residents, the two llamas, have made friends with Max the horse:
We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved Deyni Paco Torres Soliz!
She died in a bus accident on December 21, 2020
Our little forest chapel gets its Christmas decorations with nativity scene and flowers:
Our new rainwater catchment basin is slowly taking shape, here the bottom is being laid:
We are proud to present you the new stairs to our lookout point:
Exploring turkey and chickens:
Aleja, Ronald and Andrés bought our two newest roommates: two llamas. From the cattle market near Potosi they brought the two to us in the center. Max, our horse, was especially happy about the two.
We use this corona pandemic to repair and restore. Here are Simona and her husband Santos mending the roof. Deyni gives the cable car tower a new coat of paint.
The six-month honey harvest gave us around 20kg of the best wildflower honey. It is popular and passed on to friends of the center.
Here is our second newly created carp fish pond. We still have to catch the carp.
Our plantings urgently need more rain! We water where it is possible and longingly wait for the rainy season.
Inauguration of the new aqueduct for the village of Cajamarca near the center. Ing.Ronald Solís (with red poncho), head of the Centro Ecológico Juvenil, initiated this important infrastructural improvement during his tenure as mayor. This project was funded 75% by the state and 25% by the city of Sucre.
We have two new employees: Simona Tabuada and Santos Villca, a young couple from a village near Potosí. Both now work in the ecological youth center in agriculture and forestry, animal care and renovation work and in future also in guest care. Welcome!
And again we plant potatoes. Bovine are an important support for us.
Report from the Soliz family We are experiencing something that we and many of us Bolivians would never have thought of. The Covid 19 pandemic confronts us all with many new difficulties and challenges. The Ecological Youth Center Cajamarca is currently making great efforts to e.g.: providing food for our animals and the materials necessary to continue the various tasks…
. Our new fireplace awaits the time when our guests can tell stories and sing with us around the fire.
Newly created soccer field is waiting for exciting forest tournaments. 16.08.20
. Newly built meeting table is waiting for friendly groups who meet here for cozy meetings.
Excerpt from a message from Nathalie (one of the Weltwärts volunteers from 19/20)
…”I feel I have arrived as far as possible again, although the current situation, even worldwide, is so strange that in my opinion one cannot even speak of “arrived”. I think of Bolivia quite often. To Marlene, Deyni, their families, but also to the small schoolchildren in Jumbate, whom I loved so much. It hurts me a lot that I couldn’t say goodbye to some people and only inappropriately and stressfully to others…
Christine, a Weltwärts volunteer from the CEJ ´19 / ´20 writes an exciting report of her rash departure from Cajamarca (caused by the corona pandemic)
Hello Annelie, The experiences of the past few days are very chaotic and everything in my head only turns when I think about it. I hope to be able to get the whole thing across in a reasonably understandable way. We had known for a long time that we had to end our year earlier, but had the news that the earliest flight would be in April. We were a bit reassured that we still had time to say goodbye … But …
Waste separation and rules
On the initiative of Ronald Soliz, responsible for CEJ, employees of “One Dollar Brille e.V.” visit the nearby village of La Punilla and offer good simple glasses. Our Weltwärts volunteers from the CEJ also help. The glasses are made on site using a simple bending machine. People are first tested and immediately receive the right glasses afterwards. The lenses have the strengths from -6.0 to +6.0 diopters.
Thick hailstones have destroyed a large part of our vegetable crops today. We expect a crop loss of at least 50%. These weather phenomena occur regionally in the Andes.
We are happy about the article about our center in the magazine amaszonas.
We wish you all a wonderful new year and new decade. We assume that many people around the world can take many small steps to change the face of the world for making it better. You are wellcome to participate in our project by continuing to tell about us – or bring your skills here to work with us – or spending a few relaxing days here with us – or with a donation to the project. With kind regards from the staff of the CEJ.
Today we bought construction material. Again we will devote ourselves to the beautification of our hostels
And again, as every year, we plant the potatoes.
OUR FIRST TRIALS WITH THE BOX – WE KEEP YOU ON THE RUN!
SEPTEMBER 2019 WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL PARK OF STEIGERWALD
AUGUST 2019 PLANT ACTION WITH TARVITA STUDENTS WE LOOK FORWARD, 100 CONSTRUCTION TIES TO THE SCHOOL CLASS OF PROFA. LILIAN MAMANI ROJAS, FOR HER PRACTICAL TEACHING, HAVE BEEN RENEWED WITH HER STUDENTS IN TARVITA.
AUGUST 2019 REGULARLY VISIT OUR SCHOOL CLASSES WITH YOUR TEACHERS TO EXPERIENCE PRACTICAL TEACHING IN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.
JULY 2019 IVAR AND FLORIS, TWO NETHERLANDS WORLD REGISTERS AND ECO-ACTIVISTS VISIT OUR CENTER.